HOW JEWISH IS… BETTY SUAREZ?

The se­ries in which we in­ves­ti­gate the Semitic qual­i­ties (or oth­er­wise) of some­one in the news this week

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She is the Latino girl who works as a mag­a­zine as­sis­tant at fic­tional pub­li­ca­tion Mode, but Betty Suarez, aka Ugly Betty from the hit C4 com­edy show, has all the hall­marks of the young Jewish grad­u­ate. There is dogged am­bi­tion — only ex­ag­ger­ated by the de­ri­sion di­rected at her from all sides — com­bined with a quick wit, charm and re­source­ful­ness, all familiar Jewish traits. And they make up for her lack of con­ven­tional good looks. Isn’t this the way we have learned to get ahead?

FOR:

Betty’s thick black hair, which only works in two styles — up or down — has thou­sands of Semitic heads nod­ding with recog­ni­tion each week. Her nerdy ac­ces­sories — tacky specs, train-track braces, ID neck­lace and a woe­ful wardrobe — dis­play the clas­sic geeky-Jew look made fa­mous by Woody Allen and those high-school come­dies dur­ing the ’80s. She says: “Your fam­ily is a great source of in­spi­ra­tion and sup­port. They love to hear about your hopes and dreams and help you shoot to the top,” an idea we, as Jews, hold by. Betty is played by Amer­ica Fer­rera, 23, who grew up among the tiny Hon­duran Jewish com­mu­nity.

AGAINST:

Betty Suarez is a proud Colom­bian who was trea­surer of the Latina Women’s League at col­lege. She is against plas­tic surgery and bo­tox at all costs, de­spite the fact that many Jewish women of a cer­tain age swear by them. She lives in a run-down house in Queen’s. Her show is screened on Fri­day nights. It does not bode well.

THE VER­DICT:

De­spite the long dark hair, the nerdy im­age and the Jewish knowl­edge of the ac­tress who plays her, the fact that she is a Colom­bian from Queen’s means Betty fall just shy of the mark. 36%

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